Iizuka, Fukuoka

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Iizuka
飯塚市
City
Flag of Iizuka
Flag
Location of Iizuka in Fukuoka Prefecture
Location of Iizuka in Fukuoka Prefecture
Iizuka is located in Japan
Iizuka
Iizuka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°39′N 130°41′E / 33.650°N 130.683°E / 33.650; 130.683Coordinates: 33°39′N 130°41′E / 33.650°N 130.683°E / 33.650; 130.683
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Fukuoka Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Morichika Saitō
Area
 • Total 214.13 km2 (82.68 sq mi)
Population (January 2008)
 • Total 132,208
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Camphor Laurel
- Flower Cosmos
Address 5-5 Shintateiwa, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
820-8501
Phone number 0948-22-5500
Website Iizuka City

Iizuka (飯塚市 Iizuka-shi?) is a city located at the confluence of the Honami and Onga rivers in central Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on January 20, 1932.

Iizuka was an important post-station on the Nagasaki Kaidō during the Edo Era. As Japan industrialised, Iizuka became the center of the most productive coal fields in Japan located throughout the surrounding Chikuho district. After the end of Second World War there was a large influx of people into the city as it was one of the few areas that offered a large number of jobs in the coal mines and related fields.

Since the coal mines closed, Iizuka City has suffered from a consistently declining population base. However, its proximity to both Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City cushioned the effect of the coal industry shutdown and kept the local economy from going into freefall. Now Iizuka has a strong light industrial base and is a center for education and a rapidly expanding IT economy.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 132,208 and a population density of 617 persons per km². The total area is 214.13 km².

On March 26, 2006, Iizuka absorbed the towns of Chikuho, Honami, Kaita and Shōnai (all from Kaho District) to create the new and expanded city of Iizuka.

Climate[edit]

Iizuka has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is much higher in summer than in winter.

Climate data for Iizuka, Fukuoka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
9.8
(49.6)
13.9
(57)
19.6
(67.3)
23.9
(75)
26.7
(80.1)
30.5
(86.9)
31.7
(89.1)
27.8
(82)
22.7
(72.9)
17.2
(63)
11.7
(53.1)
20.37
(68.67)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
5.1
(41.2)
8.4
(47.1)
13.8
(56.8)
18.2
(64.8)
21.8
(71.2)
26.2
(79.2)
26.8
(80.2)
22.7
(72.9)
16.7
(62.1)
11.5
(52.7)
6.7
(44.1)
15.19
(59.35)
Average low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
1.0
(33.8)
3.3
(37.9)
8.6
(47.5)
13.0
(55.4)
17.8
(64)
22.9
(73.2)
23.1
(73.6)
18.8
(65.8)
11.7
(53.1)
6.5
(43.7)
2.1
(35.8)
10.77
(51.38)
Precipitation mm (inches) 80.7
(3.177)
83.6
(3.291)
113.3
(4.461)
143.7
(5.657)
162.2
(6.386)
292.9
(11.531)
307.6
(12.11)
165.2
(6.504)
184.8
(7.276)
96.1
(3.783)
78.3
(3.083)
58.9
(2.319)
1,767.3
(69.578)
Snowfall cm (inches) 15
(5.9)
10
(3.9)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
31
(12.2)
 % humidity 71 72 71 72 73 79 80 79 80 77 76 73 75.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 97.0 105.7 155.5 165.2 186.7 145.7 172.9 201.4 153.0 170.1 130.3 107.2 1,790.7
Source: NOAA (1961-1990)[1]

People[edit]

  • Former prime minister Tarō Asō was born in Iizuka and retains a large house in the city.
  • Japanese film maker Hiroshi Teshigahara chose Iizuka as the setting for his film Pitfall which takes place in the coal mines. The film was a collaboration with the author of Pitfall, Kōbō Abe. Teshigahara stated in an interview that Iizuka closely resembled the landscape depicted in the novel.
  • Kenji Suetsugu, one of the highly recognized translators in Japan, was born and brought up in Iizuka. After working for two long-standing trading firms based in Osaka, Mr. Suetsugu started his own business as a professional translator in Iizuka. Mr. Suetsugu has been working for over 350 businesses in Japan and in the rest of the world as their translator and has brought about a great success to them. Many embassies of foreign countries to Japan have been using Mr. Suetsugu as their translator. His latest achievements include English⇔Japanese translation of important documents or messages by Former Prime Minister, Yoshiro Mori, Education Minister, Hakubun Kawamura, Former American Ambassador to Japan, John Victor Roos,and so many other important figures in the world. Mr. Suetsugu also works for Japan Wrestling Federation as its translator. In 2014, Mr. Suetsugu translated friendship letters, on behalf of Mr.Saito, Mayor of Iizuka City and at the request of Iizuka City, which were addressed to the mayor of Sunnyvale in the States.

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